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Colorado Rockies Notes, Quotes 2009-05-11

Colorado Rockies Notes, Quotes 2009-05-11
--1B Todd Helton's triple on his first at-bat was his first triple since June 5, 2007, when he tripled twice against the Astros. Helton, who is seven hits shy of 2,000, had his 11-game hitting streak end May 9. But in his past seven games, Helton is 11-for-27 with three doubles, a triple and a home run.

--When the Rockies took a 2-0 lead in the first inning Sunday, it was their first lead since May 6, when they beat the Giants 11-1 and ended a stretch of 27 innings without a lead.

--The Rockies went 7-12 in a 19-game stretch of games against NL West teams. They began that period 4-4 and 1-1/2 games behind and finished it 11-16 and 8-1/2 games behind on May 7. A loss to the Marlins the following day dropped the Rockies a season-worst seven games below .500 before they won the final game of a three-game series to avoid getting swept by the Marlins at Coors Field for the first time since June 2-4, 2006.

--RHP Jason Marquis lost for the first time at Coors Field on May 7. He had been 5-0, leaving four pitchers undefeated there with at least five victories -- LHPs Chuck McElroy (9-0) and Lance Painter (5-0) and RHPs David Cortes (5-0) and Brett Myers (5-0).

--RHP Ubaldo Jimenez's single on the first pitch from Giants RHP Osiris Matos on May 6 gave Jimenez his first career RBI on his 100th at-bat in the big leagues.

--The Rockies could benefit from Dodgers LF Manny Ramirez's 50-game suspension for violating MLB's drug program, but manager Clint Hurdle didn't see it as a happy event.

"The sad part is that for whatever reason, there are individuals who don't get it," Hurdle said. "It's sad to me as an ex-player and coach and now as a manager, there are so many guys who are clean and they are thrown under a black cloud. It's even sadder to me as a parent who has a daughter who relies on human growth hormones to have people not understand the impact and value."

Hurdle's daughter, Madison, who turns 7 in August, was born with Prader-Willi Syndrome, a genetic disorder that can create low muscle tone, developmental delays, morbid obesity, cognitive disabilities and behavior problems.

BY THE NUMBERS: 54 -- Career wins for RHP Aaron Cook, who had been tied for second place in franchise history with Pedro Astacio and now needs four victories to reach 58 and tie Jason Jennings for the most Rockies wins all-time.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I sleep in it a lot. Until I have to (use the bathroom). And then I get up. It definitely takes away from of the soreness. It definitely doesn't hurt. And I do anything I can to help." -- 1B Todd Helton, 35, on the hyperbaric chamber he has been using since his back surgery in late September.

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Added: May 11, 2009

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